303-1 STATE INCENTIVE GRANTS FOR PRESCHOOL SERVICES TO HANDICAPPED CHILDREN (CFDA No. 84.027) I. PROGRAM PROFILE Legislation: Education of the Handicapped Act, Part B, Section 619, P.L. 91-230 as amended, (20 U.S.C. 1419). (permanent authorization.) Funding Since 1980: Fiscal Year 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 Authorization $25,000,000 25,000,000 II Appropriation $25,000,000 25,000,000 24,000,000 25,000,000 26,330,000 Purpose: To encourage State and local education agencies to expand educa- tional services to handicapped preschool children, from birth through age five. Eligibility: State education agencies in the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Virgin Islands, and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands must establish their eligibility to participate in the program. To establish eligibility, States must: o Have in effect a policy that assures all handicapped children a free appropriate public education. o Have on file in the Department of Education an approved State plan to provide such services. o Already be providing services to preschool handicapped children. Distribution of Funds: Grants to States are determined by an annual count of handicapped children ages three through five who are receiving special education and related services. State education agencies may use funds received under this program to provide direct services or they may contract with local education agencies, intermediate units, or other agencies to provide such services. II. RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(a) A. Goals and Objectives For Fiscal Year 1984, the Department's principal objective was to award grants to encourage States to expand educational programs to handicapped preschool children from birth through age five.th of 125 percent.